Gala Hispanic Theatre

3301 14th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20010

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Gala Hispanic Theatre

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One of the grand old palaces of Washington, DC, the Tivoli Theatre was opened in 1924 with over 2,000 seats. It was operated by Warner Bros. Theatres from 1928. Operated by District Theaters chain from 1965, it was closed and boarded up in 1976, and was almost saved by a group of local supporters during the late-1970’s.

After over 25 years closure, the Tivoli Theatre has benefited from a revitalization of the Columbia Heights neighborhood that’s now underway

Now reopened in January 2005 as the Gala Hispanic Theatre, a small stage theatre in the former Tivoli Theatre’s balcony, and mixed retail use in the rest of the building.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 30 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 28, 2009 at 4:07 pm

ECR….You should make a list of the DC theaters that are still standing and check them out when you have some free time.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 28, 2009 at 4:15 pm

This is known as the GALA Hispanic Theatre. Their website gives an address of 3333 14th Street NW.

JackCoursey on February 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Here are 2008 photos of what remains of the Tivoli: 1, 2, 3

cher on April 21, 2009 at 7:23 am

Does anyone who attended Saturday matinees at the Tivoli in the late 1950s/early 1960s remember the prices of a bag of popcorn and a soda? Thanks!

tluzeckyj on May 29, 2009 at 2:42 pm

has anyone seen any photos of the interior of the theatre depicting the Battisi mural painting that are currently undergoing full restoration?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm

A recent night photo is here.

teecee on November 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Drove by on Wednesday. The area has a lot of new construction and appears to be prospering as much as is possible in this economy.

LuisV on September 21, 2010 at 9:58 am

Why are there no interior photos on their website? Was the interior destroyed? If not, why is it not celebrated and shown on their website?

I am searching Washington DC theaters as a possible wedding venue but am frustrated by the lack of interior photos fro this theater which, to me, implies that the interior is generic.

MediaQueen on May 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Great renovation job on what I used see on a daily basis when I lived on Monroe street NW in the mid to late 90s. It was a neglected relic. I remember seeing stray dogs and rats come out of it.

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